Bolivia: Visa Requirement Reinstated for U.S. and Israeli Nationals

February 15, 2021 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • U.S. and Israeli nationals must now obtain a Visit or Tourist Visa if they will be in Bolivia for 30 days per year, either continuously or cumulatively
  • The new requirement overturns a visa waiver decree implemented in 2019
  • Tourist Visas and Visit Visas can be extended two times
  • U.S. nationals can obtain their visa at a consular post or upon arrival at the airport or an immigration checkpoint
  • Israeli nationals can obtain their visa at a Bolivian consular post prior to entry
  • Business visitors can get either a Specific Purpose Visa or a Multiple Visa from a Bolivian consular post before arrival

Overview

U.S. and Israeli nationals are now required to obtain a Visit or Tourist Visa if they are staying in Bolivia for 30 days, either continuously or cumulatively, in a year.

What are the Changes?

The Bolivian government has overturned a visa waiver decree, initially implemented in 2019, that requires U.S. and Israeli nationals to obtain a Visit Visa or a Tourist Visa to enter Bolivia for up to 30 cumulative or continuous days in a one-year period. Previously, U.S. and Israeli nationals could enter Bolivia as tourists with visa-exempt status for up to 90 cumulative or continuous days in a 12-month period.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

The Tourist Visa and Visit Visa can be extended two times. Israeli nationals can obtain their visa at a Bolivian consular post prior to entry, while U.S. nationals can obtain their visa at a consular post or upon arrival at the airport or an immigration checkpoint.

Business visitors can get either a Specific Purpose Visa or a Multiple Visa from a Bolivian consular post before arrival. 

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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